In Belmont County, a water break in a major line that serves the entire town had Bellaire residents concerned this weekend.
Friday evening was the second night of water problems for the town. The repairs were planned for when the residents are sleeping, but there were no guarantees that it would be fixed by the next morning.
Bellaire residents Lisa and Michael Heatherington discovered the water break on Trumbull Street. “My husband and I was walking to my mother and father-in-law’s, and there was bubbles coming out of the concrete,” said Lisa Heatherington.
Water crews went to work and discovered that the pipe was old and corroded. The road was closed due to a massive hole in the street.
“Yes, this is a 20-inch main and there’s a crack in the bottom of the bell which is allowing water loss from the pipe,” said Village Administrator Dan Marling. This pipe is a main line that feeds other lines and tanks, and serves the whole town. They do have a replacement pipe, but Marling understands the issues with repairs. “It’s a mammoth undertaking just to get the pipe cut and replaced,” Marling explained.
The repair job involved shutting off water to the entire village starting at 8:30 p.m. Saturday until Sunday morning.
“We tried to schedule this to be least intrusive to as many businesses and families as we could by doing it overnight. And it’s our goal, we’re prepared. We’re gonna make a yeoman’s attempt to get it repaired and back on line before anybody gets up on Sunday morning,” Marling said.